Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
ISSN-L : 0915-5287
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Influence of Wearing a Brassiere on Pain and EMG Activity of the Upper Trapezius in Women with Upper Trapezius Region Pain
Kyue-Nam ParkJae-Seop Oh
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2014 Volume 26 Issue 10 Pages 1551-1552


[Purpose] This study examined the effect of wearing a brassiere on upper trapezius (UT) region pain and EMG activity during arm elevation by women. [Subjects and Methods] Fourteen healthy women were recruited. Surface EMG data were collected from the UT muscles during arm elevation. Pressure pain in the UT region was measured using a baseline dolorimeter. [Results] The EMG activity of the UT increased significantly when a brassiere was worn compared to without. UT region pain showed no significant difference between with and without wearing a brassiere. [Conclusion] This suggests that wearing a brassiere increases the muscle activation of the UT in women.

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